Well today I decided I wanted to share the Pasco Flea Market with y'all. Its a Saturday and Sunday market full of the mexican culture and foods. It gets packed every weekend. So, from Yakima we drove on the old highway 22 from Toppenish to Prosser https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_State_Route_22 which offers a scenic drive. Here I saw an old landslide that happens years ago, check out the images below.
I love going to local events that provide the feels, the smells, amd sounds of the people around us. On my posted video, you will see the beautiful people serving up l their delicious treats and eats. Every try corn on the cob (or cup) with chile, lime, mayonaaise, and cheese? Oh my, if you haven't yet, please try it from an authentic cook. These treats are soo yummy. How about a mangonada? That's a cup or drink of diced mango with ice (or slushy) drizzled with hot chile spices, sweet tarte tamarind with salt and sprtized with lime. You can also find fresh cooked street tacos or sweet desserts of churros covered in sugar, or a funnel cake...yummy.
So come by and check out my yotube for full video and pics from this Sunday trip!
Hi guys, so as I have mentioned before on one of my Youtube channel posts, I need to get an AWL/4x4 vehicle and I like so many but most are too expensive. So, today I went to visit local dealer and checked my options. I fell in love with 3 different SUVs! I have always loved Subaru, Jeep, and Toyota. I test drove a 2015 Subaru Forrester and my o' my does it drive Great! It has 108k miles in it and it's loaded (minus gps and leather) and no body damage whatseoever. I put it on hold!
Then I see three more, a 2005 Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Compass 2017 with 24k miles, a Ford 2015, and a Jeep Renegade. The bigger SUV are about $5k more than the Subaru and don't drive as beautifully as the Forrester. So, I'm leaning towards the Forrester but I'm not 100% sure... see the Forrester ranks low on "reliability" but it's better on snow and the control on turns is maginificant!
So, I am stuck...what to do?
What do you think...? See images below
Hi y'all! Here I am, a Thursday night smoking hookah and reading comments from today's youtube videos. Ya know at times, I have my doubts of what I should create and post, especially with the RR postings...it's of an active slide that is slowly moving but I can't help but capture and document. I sometimes fear that people may tire of these posts...but then a subscriber posts motivational words, see below!
I will continue to do what I love and more so when people enjoy it as well, thank you Moira and everyone else! Thank you to Sandra that is very kind and resourceful (she knows a drone person)! Love your ongoing support and interest in my creativtity and posts!
Hey y'all...I am a little melancholy, happens every time I think about my housing experiences. My bad luck streak started about 5 years ago. I decided it was time to buy my own little space and found an excellent small brick home on about 2 acres that was 6 mins away from work! The realtor I worked with at that time, showed me the house and I fell in love, the asking price was $138k, I made an offer and ordered inspection. Once I had the inspection results we replied to the seller, he was willing to make some repairs (per USDA loan) and I was able to negotiate to $118k! Given the location of the home (on the Indian Reservation) the initial lender did not want to touch the title. I needed more time to find another lender. My realtor told me we had the extended contract signature, so I reapplied with a new lender and was cleared to order the appraisal...everything was coming along nicely. At about 2 months in, I was approved for the USDA and everything cleared! I called my realtor and she told me that the seller cancelled the contract and she was not able to get a signature for the extension?! I was confused, then heartbroken that I paid the seller a visit. He was surprised to see me and knew that I just found out about his refusal to sign. He said that the realtor visited him a month ago for his signature but stated that he has not been able to find a place to live and the realtor failed to convince him to sign. So, here I was...I had a realtor that knew the contract was voided but lead me on to order and pay for appraisal, just to spend unnecessary money. I made my complaint to the realtor office and she reluctantly refunded my money.
That was the 1st house that I loved and lost. I took a break from the House Hunting for about 1 year. I then picked it up again in 2015 and found another which I was close to buy but inspection found some necessary repairs; the seller refused to fix with licensed contractor. I pulled out. Started shopping again in 2017 and it never failed...every time I'd visit a home that was on the market for more than 100 days, I would make an offer but there was no need. The sellers' realtor had already accepted a higher than asking price! This continued to happen about 3 more times between November to March 2018.
It doesn't help that I have a specific type of home that I want; I want country with distant neighbors, about 2 bedrooms, affordable, private well and septic. Those type of homes are expensive at a a mortgage of $1000 to $1300. I, of course, want something between $700 to $1100, so under $170k. These types of home sell really quick, or I come along and it sells faster! Ha, bad luck much? Then we have the market; sellers are getting what they are asking or more...it is indeed a Seller's Market!
Nonetheless, I love challenges!!! So, this past few weeks, I saw a house in the Valley on a great location and 15 mins from work. On Youtube, I announced that I found a house in the valley! I knew going in that this 2 bedroom home on 1.25 acres needed lots of work; siding was damaged, roofing needed replacement, floor had soft spots, plumbing was backing up, electricity was outdated and no heating or cooling...so I discussed these issues with my realtor. He stated we can ask the seller to make some repairs, especially when a bank has to meet certain criteria in order to finance. So with enthusiasm, I made my offer and it was Accepted! The asking price was $155k, so in order not to lose it, I offered $160k with seller covering closing. In much excitement, I ordered the inspection and presented repairs to seller. The seller responded, "No repairs"! I couldn't believe it...I was stunned that seller would not repair the major issues with the home but still wants $160k! Wow, after much thought, I still wanted the home but would not pay more than $115k. According to my inspector, this home would need up to $60k in repairs and replacements. Given the numbers, I talked to my realtor about offering $110k. He stated the seller has an acquaintance that wants to buy the house as is for $130k. I wanted this home and thought I could fix it and asked lender if they would assist. My lender suggested FHA 203k loan. I applied and was approved for the 203k loan.
I was able to get quotes for roofing, siding, and gutters for about $21k; this was a small part of the repairs needed. I still had to repair some flooring that had soft spots, electricity, plumbing, and chimney cleaning...so about $15k more? Alright, so I then accepted to offer $130k with seller covering closing. Crossing fingers and prayers later...the seller refused and decided to sell to other buyer. I lost the house...I spent $370 for inspection (which she was given a copy) and bummed, tired, and I want to give up. Maybe it's not meant to be...